Fly­ing high un­der the big top

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

ASPECIALLY de­signed cir­cu­lar stage, an 8m-high wheel made of three tonnes of steel and some of the world’s most ac­com­plished per­form­ers are mak­ing their way to the Gold Coast for the world pre­miere of new big-top spec­ta­cle Lu­miAir.

The ‘‘cirque ex­traor­di­naire’’ will pitch its tent, ca­pa­ble of host­ing up to 1600 peo­ple a per­for­mance, at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands, in South­port, for 13 shows dur­ing the busy New Year pe­riod.

From high-volt­age light­ning acts to fly­ing trapeze artists and ae­rial stars, the mod­ern cir­cus stars 45 per­form­ers hand­picked from Aus­tralia and overseas.

Lu­miAir pro­ducer Gold Coaster Sue Por­rett says the show has been in pre­pro­duc­tion for 12 months, but the sto­ry­line has been with her for years.

‘‘The sto­ry­line is light enough so that the show is not story driven – we want peo­ple to re­lax and be en­ter­tained,’’ she says.

‘‘Our style of show is cirque, va­ri­ety and dance, so it’s a real com­bi­na­tion that cov­ers all gen­res.’’

Por­rett says Lu­miAir’s spe­cially de­signed stage, cur­rently be­ing built in China, will bring au­di­ences closer to the ac­tion than in most shows.

‘‘In nor­mal cor­po­rate en­ter­tain­ment, you will see maybe one or two ae­rial acts in the air. In one of our num­bers, we have seven – we’re fill­ing the air with ac­ro­bats and bring­ing the air to life,’’ she says.

‘‘This is not like the other big-top shows. It’s a spec­tac­u­lar show that has some big el­e­ments.

‘‘The fly­ing trapeze is amaz­ing and there are spe­cial acts like the Wheel of Death and ac­ro­batic group Odyssey, who were grand fi­nal­ists on Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent.’’

Lu­miAir’s sto­ry­line is based on Di­a­mond, a young girl who lives in a dark place within her­self.

Por­rett says mo­ments of colour en­tice Di­a­mond from her sad ex­is­tence into the kalei­do­scopic world that is Lu­miAir.

‘‘She wants to leave this world but knows there must be some­thing else out there. Af­ter a huge, dark open­ing, she is thrown away and left alone,’’ she says.

‘‘Then, when she sees colour on her skin for the first time, the stage erupts with colour and in­cred­i­ble vi­su­als and in­flat­a­bles. The rest of the show is about her jour­ney of self dis­cov­ery into a dif­fer­ent world.’’

While the show’s foun­da­tion per­form­ers are lo­cals, Por­rett has added in­ter­na­tional spice to the line-up.

‘‘We have brought them over just for this pro­duc­tion – we have three Cirque du Soleil per­form­ers coming over,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s some­thing spec­tac­u­lar for the Gold Coast to see. We like that it’s home-grown. There’s a cre­ative bunch here and we don’t get enough credit for it.’’

Por­rett says Lu­miAir has been crafted by an all-fe­male cre­ative team.

‘‘We have worked to­gether for so many years in show­biz and have all come to­gether for this pro­duc­tion,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s good to see women at the top – there are a lot of men at the top with what we do.’’

Lu­miAir opens un­der the big top at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands, in South­port, on Box­ing Day and plays un­til Jan­uary 6, in­clud­ing two shows on New Year’s Eve for­mat­ted to co­in­cide with the Broad­wa­ter Park­lands fire­works. Visit lu­miair.com.au for de­tails

Per­form­ers from new cirque ex­traor­di­naire

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